Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Dr. Patricia Fox?
I’m licensed to practice psychology in Pennsylvania. By working with a licensed professional, you are guaranteed a level of competence and expertise, and protections from unethical practices. I opened my full-time practice in July 2012, though I’ve worked in the field of psychology since 1995.
You can verify my license (PS017215) here.
What Are Your Office Hours?
By appointment only:
Monday: 10:00am-7:00pm; Tuesday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday: 1:00pm-7:00pm; Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm; and, Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm.
Where Is Your Office Located?
203 Greenwood Ave., Clarks Summit, PA
My office is located between Finn Chiropractic Center and Studio RD Salon/RD Blow Dry Bar in a lovely stone front building on the corner of Old Lackawanna Trail and Greenwood Avenue.
I designed my office to be inviting and relaxing. Clients often comment that my space “doesn’t feel like a doctor’s office.” You are welcome to fix yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while you wait.
The ample parking lot is accessed from Old Lackawanna Trail.
How Do I Schedule An Appointment?
Please call 570-319-6443.
When you call, you get me. Mine is a solo practice and I don’t employ a receptionist. I’ll ask you a few questions to make sure I’m the right therapist for you. I don’t accept clients if I’m not a good fit for their needs.
What's The Difference Between Coaching And Therapy?
Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety. Coaching, on the other hand, is intended to help psychologically healthy individuals achieve personal goals such as increased happiness, financial well-being, improved work-life balance. etc.
What Form Of Therapy Do Your Practice?
I am a clinical psychologist and behavioral healthcare professional, trained to integrate science, theory, and clinical knowledge in the delivery of psychotherapy. I strive to understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically-based distress. My highest goal is to promote well-being and personal development to my clients by providing evidence-based psychology services in Northeast PA.
Do You Work With Insurance Companies?
I accept Highmark, Blue Cross of Northeastern PA, and Medicare.
If I don’t accept your health insurance, you might still be able to get reimbursed for my services. If you choose to pay “out of pocket,” I will provide you with a super bill, which you then submit to your insurance company. Please call your health insurance provider to be sure they will reimburse you for my services.
What Form Of Payment Do You Accept?
You can pay for services by cash, check, most credit cards, Health Savings Account cards (HSA), or by insurance. I accept Highmark, Blue Cross of Northeastern PA, and Medicare.
What Should I Expect From The Therapy Process?
After we agree that I’m the right therapist for you, we’ll schedule an initial evaluation, which will last for 1 to 1 ½ hours. I will ask questions about your current and past struggles, your health and lifestyle habits, family, education and work history, and your goals for therapy.
We’ll then decide if I’m still the right therapist for you or if a different therapist would serve you better. We will agree to regular meeting times, typically weekly, or every other week. The sessions are 40 minutes or 55 minutes, depending on your needs.
We’ll discuss diagnoses and develop therapy goals. I’ll check in with you frequently to be sure our therapeutic relationship is working and that we are making progress toward your goals. I will likely ask you to take tests so I can assess your symptoms and progress. You should expect to do homework between sessions to capitalize on the insights and practice the strategies we identify in therapy.
How Long Will Therapy Last?
There is not a set deadline to complete therapy. At the beginning of your therapy, we will develop goals. Clients are expected to do homework between sessions to establish healthy relationship patterns and practices in their daily lives. Because of this, therapy usually ends when your goals have been met.
Of course, there are some more complex situations, which require a series of goals, and resolutions that take place sequentially over time. All of this can be discussed and clarified during the initial evaluation session. The goals document is ongoing and organic, so it can be re-evaluated at any time.
How Will I Know When I'm Done With Therapy?
Ending therapy is hard. Psychologists call the process “termination.” We start planning for the end at the beginning. Therapy is not, and should not, be forever. I am but one person in your journey of well-being, Therapy ends when you and I agree that therapy goals have been met. Sometimes people drop out of therapy because saying good-bye is hard. I encourage you to stay and experience the process.
Do You Offer Telepsychology?
Currently, I provide in-person, individual therapy in my office at 203 Greenwood Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA. I expect to provide telepsychology services in the future. Telepsychology is the provision of psychological services using technology like telephone, Internet media, and video conferencing.
How Is Coaching Different From Therapy?
Coaching is intended to help psychologically healthy individuals achieve personal goals such as increased happiness, financial well-being, improved work-life balance. etc. Whereas, Therapy is intended to help people recover from emotional or other psychological disorders such as depression or anxiety.
What Should I Expect From The Coaching Process?
We will work together to identify the concerns(s); develop realistic, relevant goals; generate alternative solutions; consider the consequences of those alternative solutions; target the most feasible solutions; implement the chosen solution; and, evaluate the success of the solution. Our goal is to apply the least effort to achieve the most benefit for you.
What Do Coaching Services Cost?
All coaching packages are customized based on the coachee’s needs, length of sessions, and number of sessions. We will determine the best package for you after a 15-30 minute consultation
Can Our Session Be Held Virtually?
Yes, currently coaching sessions are offered via telephone, Skype, Zoom, and also face-to-face in my office located at 203 Greenwood Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA.
How Can I Get Started?
Please call 570-319-6443 to schedule an initial consultation. The consultation will last 15-30 minutes and we will discuss what your coaching goals are and determine if we are a good fit for each other.